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January 2013 FSI newsletter


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January 2013
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Free presentation: The threats of lightweight construction
NFPA has created a free presentation that can help educate your community's decision-makers and the public about the dangers of lightweight construction materials under fire conditions. It features the stories of two incidents in which firefighters were killed or seriously injured in homes built according to the lightweight construction model. It also includes data that shows that home fire sprinklers lessen the dangers posed by lightweight construction. Also read “death in the line of duty” reports from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health that detail fire fatalities at residential structures.

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Water purveyor trade journal features home fire sprinklers
The new edition of Journal AWWA, the flagship publication of the American Water Works Association, includes an article that provides information to water purveyors on home fire sprinkler standards, presents findings of several national studies and provides information on metering and infrastructure requirements.
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NFPA expert talks about antifreeze solutions in fire sprinkler systems
Matt Klaus, Senior Fire Protection Engineer at NFPA, answers questions about the new Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) that were issued last August by the Standards Council. The TIAs address requirements and alternatives to antifreeze solutions in fire sprinkler systems that include mandating the use of listed antifreeze solutions for new system designs.
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New fact sheet includes fire loss and sprinkler impact on fire injury
Statistical data has shown the impact of fire sprinklers in reducing rates per fire of fire deaths and property damage, but until recently did not address reductions in rates of fire injuries associated with home fire sprinklers. This new fact sheet includes fire loss data and sprinkler impact on injury costs.
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Additional research, reports and statistics about home fire sprinklers
In the Research/Report section of our website, you will find the downloadable documents detailing the outcomes of studies on home fire sprinkler cost, water supply issues, environmental benefits of sprinklers, and other useful data to help advocates with facts to support home fire sprinkler requirements.
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How much money and time do new methods of construction save?
The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) asserts that when the cost of engineered wood is compared with the costs of traditional construction methods, the cost savings are significant. Just on trusses and panels, the savings would be enough to cover the installation of a fire sprinkler system.
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South Carolina firefighter stresses importance of live burn demonstrations
Firefighter and fire safety educator Diane Woods shares her thoughts on the importance of live burn demonstrations. “Side by side demonstrations are important because most people – including firefighters – have never seen a real fire from inception to flashover; when life is no longer sustainable in a structure.”
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BlazeMaster receives approval for composite wood joist construction
Lubrizol Corporation recently announced that its non-metallic BlazeMaster® CPVC pipe and fitting technologies have achieved Underwriters Laboratories' (UL) approval for exposed use in fire sprinkler systems in residential basements constructed with composite wood joists.
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New Faces of Fire PSA features story of survival
This new PSA features Hall County, GA firefighter Angie Roach. A house fire on August 7, 2007, quickly became a catastrophic event as Angie fell through the floor into the burning basement. She suffered 3rd degree and 4th degree burns to 45 percent of her body, ending a career she loved.
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New study on impacting perception of risk
Community fire safety advocates often hear people say: “It will never happen to me.” There are proven methods to reach people and impact their perception of fire risk. A UK study, found that he key lies in getting the message out there and repeat it with sufficient frequency to maintain awareness to the problem.
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Thanks to all who participated in last month's survey where we asked you what topics you want to read about in this newsletter. We will strive to provide increased and timely information on technology, codes and standards, legislation/adoptions, international news and fire incidents/sprinkler saves.
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                                nationwide effort to increase the use of home fire sprinklers through
                                the adoption of sprinkler requirements in new construction. Our web site
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